Vancouver falls in playoff opener

<b>This is a free preview of premium content.</b><br> Vancouver fell behind early and was unable to make up the deficit, as the A's short-season A team dropped their first playoff game to Boise, 7-4.

Canadians starter Tomas Cabaniel struggled from the outset of the game and never recovered. After striking out the first batter, Cabaniel allowed consecutive singles and then hit a batter to load the bases with one out. He recovered to strike out number five hitter Kyle Boyer. However, Cabaniel lost the strike zone to Ryan Norwood and walked in the first run of the game. Cabaniel was victimized by a two-base error by rightfielder Javier Herrera to lead off the next inning. Bobby Deeb singled in the run, then stole second and scored on a single to up the score to 3-0.

Boise upped the score to 4-0 with a run in the fourth inning and then added two more on two solo homeruns in the fifth. Vancouver inched their way back into the game in the top of the seventh, as they scored two runs on a Landon Powell double and a Tom Everidge single and an error on the centerfielder. Ryan Harvey hit his second solo homerun of the game for Boise in the bottom of the seventh to extend the lead back out to 7-2. The Canadians made the score a little more respectable with a two-run rally in the top of the 8th, resulting in the final score of 7-4.

Cabaniel's final line for the game was six runs (five earned) in 4.2 innings pitched. He struck out seven batters in those innings, but his location was shaky for most of the game. Cabaniel began the season as a darkhorse candidate for the "next big thing" in pitching in the A's system, but he had a disappointing season for Modesto and later Vancouver. Cabaniel features a high-80s fastball with an average curve and change-up.

The Canadians' offensive stars of the game were Richie Robnett (2-5 with two runs scored and a double), Tom Everidge (2-3) and Ryan Ruiz (2-3 with an RBI). Robnett, one of the A's first round picks this season, had a nice season for the Canadians. The outfielder hit .296/.388/.453 with 18 XBHs in his first professional season.

Boise and Vancouver will meet again tomorrow in the second game of the series. Vancouver will need to win tomorrow to extend the series to a decisive third game.

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